Clyde Foster (1931-2017)

Clyde Foster, scientist and mathematician, was a significant figure who worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). His calculations helped launch rockets into space and throughout his career he was an advocate for African Americans in Science. Foster was born in Birmingham, Alabama … Read MoreClyde Foster (1931-2017)

David Rice Hedgley Jr. (1937- )

Pioneering computer scientist and mathematician David R. Hedgley Jr., hailed as the “Father of 3D Graphics” was born in Chicago, Illinois, on January 21, 1937, the son of David R. Rice Sr., a prominent Baptist minister and civil rights activist, and Christine Hedgley, a schoolteacher. … Read MoreDavid Rice Hedgley Jr. (1937- )

Eunice Gray Smith (1923-2006)

An accomplished mathematician, Eunice Gray Smith was among the first African American women hired to work at the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory (LMAL) in Hampton, Virginia during the 1940s. Over the course of a forty-year career at the laboratory and research center, which is part of National Aeronautics … Read MoreEunice Gray Smith (1923-2006)

Mary Winston Jackson (1921–2005)

Mary Winston Jackson was an American mathematician and aerospace engineer at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which would later become the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Jackson was born on April 9, 1921, in Hampton, Virginia, to Ella and Frank Winston. She … Read MoreMary Winston Jackson (1921–2005)